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The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism (Paperback)

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Based on extraordinary research: a major reassessment of Ronald Reagan's lifelong crusade to dismantle the Soviet Empire–including shocking revelations about the liberal American politician who tried to collude with USSR to counter Reagan's efforts

Paul Kengor's God and Ronald Reagan made presidential historian Paul Kengor's name as one of the premier chroniclers of the life and career of the 40th president. Now, with The Crusader, Kengor returns with the one book about Reagan that has not been written: The story of his lifelong crusade against communism, and of his dogged–and ultimately triumphant–effort to overthrow the Soviet Union.

Drawing upon reams of newly declassified presidential papers, as well as untapped Soviet media archives and new interviews with key players, Kengor traces Reagan's efforts to target the Soviet Union from his days as governor of California to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of what he famously dubbed the "Evil Empire." The result is a major revision and enhancement of what historians are only beginning to realize: That Reagan not only wished for the collapse of communism, but had a deep and specific understanding of what it would take––and effected dozens of policy shifts that brought the USSR to its heels within a decade of his presidency.

The Crusader makes use of key sources from behind the Iron Curtain, including one key memo that implicates a major American liberal politician–still in office today–in a scheme to enlist Soviet premier Yuri Andropov to help defeat Reagan's 1984 reelection bid. Such new finds make The Crusader not just a work of extraordinary history, but a work of explosive revelation that will be debated as hotly in 2006 as Reagan's policies were in the 1980s.

About the Author


Paul Kengor is the author of the New York Times extended-list bestseller God and Ronald Reagan as well as God and George W. Bush and The Crusader. He is a professor of political science and director of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College. He lives with his wife and children in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Praise for The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism…


Praise for God and Ronald Reagan:“God and Ronald Reagan captures the real Ronald Reagan.”
-Michael ReaganMichael Reagan

Praise for God and Ronald Reagan:“A profound character study, and engrossing work of history…”
-Peter Robinson, author of How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life

Praise for God and Ronald Reagan:“Fascinating… This is a must-read piece of political history.”
-Donald M. Goldstein, coauthor of At Dawn We Slept

Praise for God and George W. Bush:“Excellent”
-National Review

Praise for God and George W. Bush:“A wealth of material.”
-National Catholic Reporter

“Combining great story-telling with his commitment to scholarly detail, Paul Kengor has written an important and fascinating book.”
-Peter Schweizer, author of Do As I Say Not As I Do and Reagan's War

“While many have tried, few have succeeded in telling such a complete history of my dad’s greatest triumph.”
-Michael Reagan

“Paul Kengor’s latest book illuminates a side of the man evident only to those closest to him.”
-Bill Clark, National Security Advisor 1982-1983

Product Details ISBN-10: 0061189243
ISBN-13: 9780061189241
Published: Harper Perennial, 09/01/2007
Pages: 432
Language: English